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Tesol proposal webinar


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Davi Reis's Webinar on Writing Good Proposals. Sponsored by the NNEST-Interest Section. May 16, 2011, Monday

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Tesol proposal webinar

  1. 1. Writing Good Proposals for the TESOL Conference Davi S. Reis [email_address] Duquesne University May 16, 2011
  2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>Quick introduction (5’) </li></ul><ul><li>Important points to keep in mind (5’) </li></ul><ul><li>Tips on writing the session description </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Proposal title (10’) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Purpose and session type (10’) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Relevance to TESOL field and IS (10’) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Focus and organization (10’) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Clarity and participant outcomes (10’) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contribution to theory, practice, or research (10’) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Final thoughts and Q&A (5’) </li></ul>Davi S. Reis |
  3. 3. Quick Bio <ul><li>Davi S. Reis </li></ul><ul><li>Assistant Professor of Education </li></ul><ul><li>ESL Program, Dept. of Instruction and Leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA </li></ul><ul><li>Submitted proposals to TESOL in 2009, 2010, and 2011 conventions </li></ul><ul><li>Still working on proposal for 2012 convention!! </li></ul>Davi S. Reis |
  4. 4. Important Points to Keep in Mind <ul><li>Submission: ONLINE ONLY </li></ul><ul><li>Deadline: June 1, 2011 (a Wednesday) by 5:00pm EDT/EST </li></ul><ul><li>Use the “TESOL 2012 Proposal Worksheet” to guide your proposal writing (on Wiki and a part of “Call for Proposals 2012” document) </li></ul><ul><li>If you have any questions, call TESOL at 1-703-836-0774 or send an e-mail message to [email_address] </li></ul>Davi S. Reis |
  5. 5. Important Points to Keep in Mind <ul><li>Factors Affecting Selection </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Range of topics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Levels of expertise </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interests covered </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Professional and geographic distribution of participants </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Relevance of the proposal to the needs of English language teaching professionals theme </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How well the session description is written </li></ul></ul>Davi S. Reis |
  6. 6. Important Points to Keep in Mind <ul><li>Factors Disqualifying a Proposal </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The presentation promotes commercial interests </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The proposal contains clear reference to the name(s) of any of the presenters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The proposal was not received by deadline </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The same (or very similar) proposal is submitted to more than one interest section </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The proposal was faxed or mailed. </li></ul></ul>Davi S. Reis |
  7. 7. Important Points to Keep in Mind <ul><li>Evaluation and Scoring </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Total Score on Proposal Evaluation Rubric: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>30 points (6 criteria x 5 ‘points’ each) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>The higher the proposal score, the higher its chances of being accepted. </li></ul>Davi S. Reis |
  8. 8. Important Points to Keep in Mind <ul><li>Helpful Websites </li></ul><ul><ul><li>TESOL Convention 2012 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Call for Proposals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http :// </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Submitting the proposal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http :// </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>WIKI page for this presentation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>Davi S. Reis |
  9. 9. Important Points to Keep in Mind <ul><li>Parts of the Proposal </li></ul><ul><ul><li>10-word title: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>will be ‘graded’ and will appear in program book if proposal is accepted </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>50 word abstract: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>will be ‘graded’ and will appear in program book if proposal is accepted </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>300-word session description: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>will NOT appear in program book, but definitely the most critical piece of the proposal </li></ul></ul></ul>Davi S. Reis |
  10. 10. TIPS for Writing the Description <ul><li>1. Proposal title </li></ul><ul><li>2. Purpose and Session Type </li></ul><ul><li>3. Relevance </li></ul><ul><li>4. Focus and Organization </li></ul><ul><li>5. Clarity of Outcomes </li></ul><ul><li>6. Contribution </li></ul><ul><li>Last but not least, the 50-word abstract </li></ul>Davi S. Reis |
  11. 11. 1. Proposal Title <ul><li>THE TITLE SHOULD: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Gain the reader’s interest and describe the session </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Accurately reflect the content </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be clear to the intended audience (especially IS) </li></ul></ul>Davi S. Reis |
  12. 12. 1. Proposal Title <ul><li>THE TITLE SHOULD: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Contain no more than 10 words (avoid hyphens and slashes to circumvent the word count) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NOT use exclamation or quotation marks around it </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Capitalize: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>all verbs, nouns, adjectives, adverbs, and pronouns </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>the first word after a colon </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>both words in hyphenated compounds </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NOT capitalize conjunctions, articles, or short prepositions of fewer than four letters </li></ul></ul>Davi S. Reis |
  13. 13. 1. Proposal Title <ul><li>TIP : Try a few different versions and then choose your best! </li></ul><ul><li>EXAMPLE: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Deconstructing the Native Speaker Myth: Calling on NESTs and NNESTs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Native Speaker Myth: What NESTs and NNESTs Can Do </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Debunking the Native Speaker: A Goal for NESTs and NNESTs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How NESTs and NNESTs Can Deconstruct the Native Speaker Myth </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A Study on the Deconstruction of the Native Speaker Myth </li></ul></ul>Davi S. Reis |
  14. 14. 2. Purpose & Session Type <ul><li>EVALUATION CRITERIA: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The proposal matches the session type. The objective is clear (stated or implied) and there are specifics that make the reader want to learn m ore </li></ul></ul>Davi S. Reis |
  15. 15. 2. Purpose & Session Type <ul><li>TIP : Identify your “Session Type” (refer to Call for Proposals) </li></ul><ul><li>Examples: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Discussion Group (45 minutes) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hot Topic (20 minutes) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Poster Session (1 hour, 15 minutes) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research-Oriented Presentation (45 minutes) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Video and Digital Media Theater (45 minutes) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Workshop (1 hour, 45 minutes) </li></ul></ul>Davi S. Reis |
  16. 16. 2. Purpose & Session Type <ul><li>TIP : Stick to “specific requirements” for your session type </li></ul><ul><li>Examples: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Poster Session: main ideas and description of the visual display. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Practice-Oriented Presentations : synopsis, including demonstration of teaching strategies. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research-Oriented Presentations: synopsis, including central idea and supporting evidence. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teaching Tips : synopsis, including brief description of teaching practice. </li></ul></ul>Davi S. Reis |
  17. 17. 2. Purpose & Session Type <ul><li>TIPS : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Have a clearly stated purpose and point of view </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>State HOW your presentation format supports your stated purpose </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Include the supporting DETAILS of your paper, practice, or study, as well as examples. Consider… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Participants </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Data Collection </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Data Analysis </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Preliminary findings/etc. </li></ul></ul></ul>Davi S. Reis |
  18. 18. 3. Relevance <ul><li>EVALUATION CRITERIA: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The topic is current, immediately relevant, or important to the field and the Interest Section. I would definitely attend of recommend this session. </li></ul></ul>Davi S. Reis |
  19. 19. 3. Relevance <ul><li>Remember: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>All proposals are evaluated and refereed by the various Interest Sections (IS), so it is imperative that you submit your proposal to the appropriate IS. To help you decide which IS best suits your proposal, peruse the interest sections on TESOL’s Web site </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Nonnative English Speakers in TESOL strengthens effective teaching and learning of English around the world while respecting individuals' language rights </li></ul></ul>Davi S. Reis |
  20. 20. 3. Relevance <ul><li>TIPS : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Consider these two questions as your write your session description </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>How does your proposal connect to your chosen IS? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>How does it connect to the TESOL field in a broader sense? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Capitalize on the answers to these questions as your write your session description. </li></ul></ul>Davi S. Reis |
  21. 21. 3. Relevance <ul><li>TIP : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Relate your description to the convention theme for 2012: A TESOL Declaration of Excellence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How does your proposal “ declare [your] vision of excellence in all aspects of the profession ” ? (…) “ This year participants are invited to reflect on their practices, voice their opinions, and declare their pursuit of excellence in the ELT profession . ” </li></ul></ul>Davi S. Reis |
  22. 22. 4. Focus & Organization <ul><li>EVALUATION CRITERIA: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The proposal is well-focused. It previews the topic, presents the material in an interesting way, and shows how it will be concluded. </li></ul></ul>Davi S. Reis |
  23. 23. 4. Focus & Organization <ul><li>TIPS : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Show appropriate amount of material for the allotted time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Avoid “beating around the bush” and redundancy (NOT the time to be verbose due to limited space) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consider a couple of different options for how to best organize your ideas in a logical sequence and later choose your best option </li></ul></ul>Davi S. Reis |
  24. 24. 4. Focus & Organization <ul><li>TIPS : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>One way to sequence ideas: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Introduce the topic (problem, question, etc.) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Explain the nature of your intended session and how it fits with the topic </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Provide details about your session (key points and numbers) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ Entice” the reader with one or two main ideas to be discussed during your presentation </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Explain what audience members will take away from your presentation (What’s in it for them?) </li></ul></ul></ul>Davi S. Reis |
  25. 25. 5. Clarity & Outcomes <ul><li>EVALUATION CRITERIA: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The proposal abstract (“summary”) is well written and provides an explicit statement of participant outcomes where appropriate and how they will be achieved. </li></ul></ul>Davi S. Reis |
  26. 26. 5. Clarity & Outcomes <ul><li>TIPS : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>demonstrate careful editing and proofreading </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>state what the audience can expect to gain from attending your presentation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>state how your presentation will be structured (e.g., activities) and how it will be delivered (e.g., visuals such as video clips) </li></ul></ul>Davi S. Reis |
  27. 27. 6. Contribution <ul><li>EVALUATION CRITERIA: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The abstract refers to the theory, practice, and/or research on which the presentation is based and clearly shows how it is connected to the presentation in a relevant and useful way. </li></ul></ul>Davi S. Reis |
  28. 28. 6. Contribution <ul><li>TIPS : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tie your session description to current practices and/or research </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>State HOW your presentation can add to current practices and/or research (the “so-what” factor!) </li></ul></ul>Davi S. Reis |
  29. 29. 50-word Abstract <ul><li>THE ABSTRACT SHOULD: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>be carefully edited and proofread </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>be written to draw the most appropriate audience to the presentation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>spell out any acronym(s) used in the title except for </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>L1, L2, CBI, EAP, EFL, ELT, ESL, ESP, IEP, SLA, TESOL, TESL, and TEFL </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>THE ABSTRACT SHOULD NOT : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>exceed 50 words </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>contain references to published works </li></ul></ul>Davi S. Reis |
  30. 30. 50-word Abstract <ul><li>CONSIDER: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What is the session about? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Who is the intended audience? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What are the main features of your session? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How will the audience benefit from attending? (Implications, real-life applications, resources, etc.) </li></ul></ul>Davi S. Reis |
  31. 31. 50-word Abstract <ul><li>TIP : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Wait to write the abstract until AFTER the session description has been written. You can then identify the main points of your proposal in 50 words. Remember that most convention participants will decide on whether or not to attend your session based on this information. </li></ul></ul>Davi S. Reis |
  32. 32. Q&A <ul><li>Thank you for your participation! </li></ul>Davi S. Reis |